So it’s the Saturday before Mother’s Day and you haven’t thought of anything to give Mom other than brunch.
Well we have a fun idea for you – how about foraging for Mom’s bouquet. She might even be up for a pre-Mama’s Day activity, just to watch her family delight in the simple task of collecting pretty items. Gather blooms from your garden or ask a neighbor if you can cut a few. I will note that Mom should not put together the arrangement this time, she should definitely receive it - preferably while eating breakfast in bed.
Gathering your own flowers may sound difficult but it can be really simple and adds a creative touch. Even supplementing with some store bought flora is a good idea to help fill out the entire arrangement.
Floral expert, Suzy Haggerty, gives us some direction on how to create your perfect foraged bouquet:
1. Start with the vase. Look for something to set the mood of the bouquet.
2. While you walk through a garden space, don’t only pull the most beautiful blooms; look for a variety of textures. Think greens like grasses, herbs, berries, pods and branches.
3. When you have your gathered flowers and greens, cut them with sharp pruners at an angle and strip the lower leaves so they are only above the water line in your vase. This will help your flowers last past Mother’s Day weekend.
4. If your vase has a large opening, you can cross branches and greens to start, giving you stability for the angle you want to place your flowers. You can also put a small piece of chicken wire or a floral ‘frog’ for the same effect.
5. Let the flowers go where they want to go while you create your bouquet. Use the twists, bends and curves of garden grown flowers to make a natural flowing bouquet.
See that texture? That's not easily come by when buying solely from a store. Foraged is the way to go!
Here's the full list of flora used in this arrangement: Mock Orange Blossom, Cerinthe, Quince Blossom, Succulent, Jasmine, Camellia, Rosemary, Mint, Garden Rose, Wild grass, Pieris Japonica, Viburnum & Geranium.
Florals and Instructions by Suzy Haggerty Designs Floral Studio